Disintegration is a bad game.
Yes, it’s understood that it a Technical Beta, but this is a game that is slated to release between Q1 and Q2 of 2020.
In its current state — Disintegration reminds me of a bad, original Xbox game.
I have some notes from my time playing, which included the tutorial and 5 Quickplay matches.
- Terrible frame rate drops
- Graphical stuttering and pop-in
- Not fun.
The graphics are a mixture of okay and terrible. The cockpit view looks alright, reminding me of the Titanfall series. I could get over this if the gameplay resembled anything close to fun.
The quickplay matchmaking included some objective-based modes, and no sign deathmatch modes. I typically enjoy these over the “just kill everybody” type modes but, Disintegration does a poor job explaining how to actually complete any of the objectives. I had no idea what to actually do in the Retrieval game mode.
Disintegration claims to be a FPS/RTS hybrid.
As mentioned in this interview with Eurogamer, Disintegration originally started out as a straight Real Time Strategy (RTS) game.
You control this “grav cycle” hoverbike and by a single button press, can order you small squad to different locations or engage in combat with specific enemies. There isn’t much strategy to this; maybe there will be in the single player campaign? I noted that “Controlling a squad doesn’t really matter.”
There are different options for crews. Each have their own weapon load out, stats (Durability, Handling & Speed) and distinct look. I didn’t find much a difference between the options; each crew’s grav cycle seems slow, and are killed quickly.
The weapon options/play-style are the biggest factor which crew to play as. Automatic guns, semi-auto, sticky bombs, etc. None of them really felt satisfying to play. Reloading takes forever. Did I mention this game wasn’t fun?
My guess is that this game goes free to play. I don’t see it stealing people away from the Call of Duty’s or Destiny 2’s out there.
Don’t bother playing it. I uninstalled the beta. Too many good, fun games out there to play.
Have you tried the Disintegration Technical Beta? What do you think?
To read about some actual, good video games — check out my recent Games of the Decade post on games from 2011!